Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

Personal Finance

Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

For anyone who plays the stock market — and I confess I do from time to time — the drama that unfolded over the past couple of weeks surrounding the Facebook IPO reminded me of the “give them bread and circuses philosophy” of the Roman Empire, except this time the Empire kept the bread. The… Read More

Will A Gas Credit Card Build Your Credit?

Credit Cards

Will A Gas Credit Card Build Your Credit?

Will A Gas Credit Card Build Your Credit?

When it comes to building credit, the numerous options in the lending marketplace can make the path to getting a good score a little confusing. Recently, a Credit.com reader wrote in with a question on what kind of accounts are the best for building credit. Reader Question:  I’m trying to strengthen my credit and I wonder… Read More

9 Questions to Ask Before Adding a Credit Card

Credit Cards

9 Questions to Ask Before Adding a Credit Card

9 Questions to Ask Before Adding a Credit Card

Lucrative sign-up bonuses and competitive rewards programs have certainly reinvigorated consumer interest in credit cards. But these incentives shouldn’t be the only reason you elect to fatten your wallet, especially if you’re prone to overspending. Instead, ask yourself these nine questions before applying for a new credit card to determine if it will ultimately help… Read More

Prepaid Provider Launches Competitive Mobile Payments Platform

Credit Cards

Prepaid Provider Launches Competitive Mobile Payments Platform

Prepaid Provider Launches Competitive Mobile Payments Platform

Rev Worldwide, the global payment company that owns U.S. prepaid debit card provider Mango Financial, is launching a card reader service intended to give small businesses earlier access to capital. The service, called RevCOIN, enables merchants to accept plastic payment methods at the point of sale via a mobile app or a credit/debit card reader… Read More

How to Plan a Debt-Free Summer Vacation

Managing Debt

How to Plan a Debt-Free Summer Vacation

How to Plan a Debt-Free Summer Vacation

It’s a cruel, cruel summer for some Americans who want to travel but don’t have the money. An American Express survey from 2010 found that families were planning on spending $4,000 on average for their summer vacation plans, but not everyone has that kind of cash lying around. Instead, some families rely on credit cards… Read More

Rebuilding Damaged Credit After Your Spouse Dies

Credit Score

Rebuilding Damaged Credit After Your Spouse Dies

Rebuilding Damaged Credit After Your Spouse Dies

Recently we at Credit.com received a cautionary tale about the lasting impacts of bad financial decisions. Reader Rebecca wrote in to tell us that even though her husband passed away four years ago, her finances still have not recovered from the mess he left behind. “We were married for 21 years,” and in that time,… Read More

Don’t Let Your Credit Report Cost You a Job

Credit Score

Don’t Let Your Credit Report Cost You a Job

Don’t Let Your Credit Report Cost You a Job

One area of many people’s lives that can be affected by their credit history without their knowing it is their job search, according to a report from CBS News. Some surveys have shown that as many as 60 percent of all employers order copies of job seekers’ credit reports as a means of vetting them… Read More

Vital Money Tips for Women

Personal Finance

Vital Money Tips for Women

Vital Money Tips for Women

What happens when you fill a room with a few hundred women eager to improve their financial lives, and experts there supporting them? A few tears, a lot of laughter and some great “aha!” moments. Since participating in the Women’s Money Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend, I’ve been on one of those post-conference, female-bonding, “we’re… Read More

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